The airwaves have continued to be busy with DX activity over the past month with the running of the CQWW CW Contest. Several club members were at DX stations for the contest – NA2U and N7IR were at PJ2T (with the claimed multi-multi high score) and AA7A and KY7M were at PZ5V along with Honorary Member G4IRN. Before and after the contest there were opportunities to work many of the same stations, including ZA1WW in Albania, among others. We also had some activity from Galapagos for the first time in a while from HC8LUT. The ARRL 10 Meter Contest in December did not provide any DX beyond the usual path to South America, but for those who were QRV on Friday evening when the contest started there was an outstanding Sporadic E opening that allowed locals here to work stations as far east as Florida and the Carolinas, as far west as Hawaii and ZL, and as far north as VE4, 5, 6, and 7 and the Dakotas. What a nice, unexpected surprise!
I am looking forward to the January Awards Banquet. Thanks to the connections of our Club Historian, Bob Davies, K7BHM, we were able to arrange for Dr. Laura Tohe to give her program about the Navajo Code Talkers. Her father was a Code Talker, so she has some very keen insights about this remarkable group of Navajo war heroes. We have also invited Herb Goodluck, N7HG, to be our guest at the Banquet. Herb runs N7C, a Special Event Station in Window Rock every August to commemorate the Navajo Code Talkers. Several CADXA members have supported Herb’s efforts there over the years. This promises to be a very special evening and I hope you can join us. See the details below to make your reservation to attend.
Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Holidays. I hope you and your families enjoy the holiday season and have a happy and healthy 2018.
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We are the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 130 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).
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The December meeting program was given via Skype video by Bob Naumann, W5OV, about the “K3LR Multi-Multi Contest Station”. This program was provided to us through the public relations outreach of DX Engineering. With our new HD projector and a sound system provided by Alton, W7ACX, we felt like Bob was in the meeting room with us. He has been an operator at K3LR for over 20 years and gave us the grand tour of the station layout from antennas and towers to operating positions and equipment as well as explaining the station’s history. It was an impressive display of what hams can engineer to achieve outstanding results in our hobby.
Dec. Meeting Recap
CADXA Repeater and Net
Join us on the K5VT repeater to announce and discuss DX. In addition, there is a Thursday night net at 7:00 pm except on CADXA meeting nights. The repeater and net are open to all DX enthusiasts.
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The CADXA Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday night, January 20th, at the PERA Club. We have a very special program planned this year featuring Dr. Laura Tohe, Associate Professor at Arizona State University. Dr. Tohe is the author of Code Talker Stories, a collection of first-hand accounts by Navajo Code Talkers.
We will have a social hour and no-host bar from 6:00 – 7:00 pm followed by dinner and the program. Awards will follow the program. We will have raffle prizes as well. Paid reservations are required in advance for this event – contact Alton Chaney, W7ACX, CADXA Treasurer, to make your arrangements if you have not already done so. We need to give a firm head count to the PERA Club for meals and cannot take walk-ins the night of the event. Alton’s email is w7acx.480[at]gmail.com . Seating is limited and we are expecting a big crowd for this special evening, so please do not delay in making your reservation. The cost is $30 per person, same as last year.